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5 Unique Ways To Save Money.

Updated on September 4, 2014

1: Open the Blinds

If you can bear the potential loss of privacy, opening the blinds can prove useful in cutting back on your energy costs. In particular, during the summer months when the sun is out for the majority of the day, opening your blinds will significantly diminish the need to use lights.

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2: Stop Using Garbage Bags

Garbage bags definitely have some appeal, as they are convenient, big, and at times can smell nice. However, they are most likely something you could cut back on if needed. An easy way to replace the cost of garbage bags is to simply start using grocery-store-bags. This won’t work for everyone because not all grocery stores give out small plastic bags, but for those who shop at such stores, the stock of potential garbage bags is bountiful. Another benefit of following this tip is, by attempting to save yourself a little money, you will also be saving the planet and relieving it of one more plastic bag.

3: Plan your trips

If you own a vehicle, gas is always a big expense associated with that ownership. A simple way to cut down on gas expenses is simply by driving an overall shorter distance. This could be done by going less places, or simply by planning your trips so they coincide. For instance, If you know you will have to go to the grocery store soon, and you are also planning to stop at a book store within a few days, make the trips all at once, assuming, of course, that doing such a thing is more convenient than making a separate trip for each.

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4: Quit the Internet

In the technologically prolific world that we live in now, Internet has become an integral part of our everyday lives. As a result, free access to the Internet can be found at many diverse locations, including coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, and sometimes even at grocery stores. Because of this prevalent access, having Internet at home has become a luxury; Nowadays, Internet is simply convenient to have at home, as opposed to necessary. This being realized, getting rid of the Internet is a simple way you can save money and cut back on your expenses. It may be a big sacrifice, but if you are having financial issues, it may help alleviate some pressure.

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5: Wait two weeks

I will admit, this particular idea isn’t mine, but rather came from the pastor of my church. Nonetheless, I have found it to be quite useful in regards to spending less money. The concept is simple, if you find yourself desiring a certain object, like a new book, for example, wait two weeks before purchasing it. This is, of course, assuming that the particular object will be there in two weeks. If it is possible to wait, in most cases, if you take some time to decide, you will cut back on many of your impulse purchases, and find yourself with more money and a better connection with the things you finally decide to buy.

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      Justin Stellrecht 3 years ago from New York

      Thank you! :)

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Great Hub. Cool, neat ideas to save money. The wait two weeks tip can be really helpful for impulse buyers. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!!!